12 best cashback credit cards in Singapore (2024)

12 best cashback credit cards in Singapore (2024)
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Collecting air miles for your jet setting lifestyle admittedly sounds sexier than trying to scrounge for cash rebates. But if you're still one of those people who believe that cash is king, getting card benefits in cold, hard cash is just as appealing.

You literally get free money when you use a cashback card, and given that's there's no free lunch in Singapore, there's no way we're saying no to that.

So let's take a look at the best cashback credit cards in Singapore in 2024.

1. Best cashback credit cards in Singapore 2024

Here are our top picks for cashback cards with the highest cashback rates.

Best for Best cashback credit cards
Unlimited cashback Citi Cash Back+, Standard Chartered Simply Cash, Amex True Cashback, UOB Absolute Cashback, OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card,?CIMB World Mastercard
Regular expenses UOB One, Citi Cash Back, HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card
Online Shopping DBS Live Fresh, OCBC FRANK,?POSB Everyday
Low or no minimum spend Citi Cash Back+, Standard Chartered Simply Cash, Amex True Cashback, UOB Absolute Cashback,?OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card

2. UOB Absolute Cashback Card

Move over, Citibank, because the new best cashback card on the market is UOB's Absolute Cashback card. This card takes all the good things about Citi's Cash Back+ card, such as the $0 minimum spend, and edges out the competition by adding a 0.1 percentage point to its rebates-at 1.7per cent unlimited cashback.

The only downside? It's an Amex card, which means that it might be a challenge to find smaller merchants that accept it.

On the other hand, the UOB Absolute Cashback Card has a big plus-expenses like bills and insurance can earn cashback. So if you do stick to large merchants and put all your spending there, as well as bills, insurance premiums, school tuition fees, and the like, you'll be able to get more mileage than the cards listed below.

3. Citi Cash Back+ Card

Unlike some cards which benefits look like they'll require a PhD to figure out, anyone with half a brain can successfully earn cashback on the Citi Cash Back+ Card.

Unlimited cashback cards like Citi Cash Back+ give you a flat cashback rate on everything with no cap. With no minimum spending or cashback cap, there's virtually nothing that would disqualify you from the 1.6 per cent cashback. This makes them ideal for big-ticket spending like wedding banquets or home renovations, which would bust the cashback cap on most other cards.

The Citi Cash Back+ Card currently plays second fiddle to UOB's Absolute Cashback card, offering 1.6 per cent cashback on all spending. It does have one advantage-unlike the UOB Absolute Cashback card, which is an Amex card, the?Citi Cash Back+ Card's card association is Mastercard. That opens up a wider range of merchants who'll accept it.

4.?HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

The?HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card is a great cashback card if you regularly spend at least $600 a month on dining, groceries, and petrol. That's because it offers up to five per cent cashback on those categories only if you hit this minimum amount.

On top of that, you'll receive complimentary access to Entertainer with HSBC-a food rewards app with 1-for-1 deals on dining, lifestyle, and travel worldwide.

There is a rebate?cap of $250 per calendar quarter, which means that you will max out your cash rebates at a total spending of $5,000. Going to spend more than that in a quarter? Opt for an unlimited cashback card instead, such as the?UOB Absolute Cashback Card,?Citi Cash Back+ Mastercard or?Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card.

5. Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card

The Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card is a nice-but-not-the-best-in-the-world cashback card. As far as?$0 minimum spend unlimited cashback cards go, it's in third place after the?UOB Absolute Cashback Card?(1.7 per cent) and?Citi Cash Back+ Mastercard/OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card?(1.6 per cent), giving you 1.5 per cent cashback on all eligible spending with no cashback cap and no minimum spending.

Here, "eligible spending" refers to pretty much everything barring the usual exceptions-bills, taxes, insurance premiums and any top-ups to prepaid cards or accounts.

Despite a slightly lower cashback rate than the Citi Cash Back+ Card, the Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card has some advantages: for instance, its annual fee is waived for the first two?years. It's also worth comparing their limited-time sign-up promotions to see which gets you a better welcome gift.

6. American Express True Cashback Card

The Amex True Cashback Card is one of the longest-standing unlimited cashback cards around. It doles out 1.5per cent cashback on all spending with no minimum spending requirement and no cashback cap. The card also offers 3per cent cashback on up to $5,000 worth of spending in your first six?months of use.

While the Amex True Cashback Card sounds like a better deal than the?Standard Chartered Simply Cash Credit Card we just talked about, it's harder to get.

The?Standard Chartered Simply Cash has a minimum income requirement of S$30,000 (Singaporean) or?S$60,000 (Non-Singaporean), which is standard for an entry-level credit card. That's what?the Amex True Cashback Card is NOT-its income requirements aren't even published, so it's up to Amex's discretion.

Do also note that the Amex True Cashback Card comes with an annual fee of $174.40. This is waived for the first year, but Amex is one provider that may not waive the card fee thereafter — no matter how nicely you ask.

7. OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card

The OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card is yet another no minimum spend, unlimited cashback card. What sets it apart from its fellow $0 minimum spend contenders? For starters, it's currently offering the highest (sorta) unlimited cashback rate in town at 1.8 per cent. The catch is that this 1.8 per cent cashback rate is:

  1. For a limited time.
  2. For a limited number of customers.
  3. Not really 100per cent unlimited.

Let me explain. The usual, non-promotional cashback on the OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card is 1.6 per cent. This cashback is unlimited and has no minimum spend requirement, which means it ties with the Citi Cash Back+ we talked about earlier.

What brings the OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card's cashback rate up to 1.8 per cent is a special promotion OCBC is offering:

  1. From?now till March 31,?2024, OCBC is awarding 0.2 per cent bonus cashback for the first six?months from your card approval date — hence it’s time-limited.
  2. This promotion is only valid for the first 2,000 new-to-OCBC cardmembers each month — hence it’s limited to a certain number of customers.
  3. The bonus 0.2 per cent can only be applied on the?first S$3,000 qualifying spend charged to your new card monthly — hence the 1.8 per cent “unlimited” cashback isn’t fully unlimited. To be more accurate, it’s 1.6 per cent unlimited cashback + 0.2 per cent cashback capped at $6 monthly (0.2 per cent of $3,000).

The 1.8 per cent cashback on the OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card is still a very enticing offer, even with the fine print I broke down for you above. If you don't spend more than $3,000 a month anyway, you can just treat the bonus 0.2 per cent cashback as a power-up to enjoy while you can.

Plus, the OCBC INFINITY Cashback Card has an ideal cashback mechanism for lazy folks like myself-the cashback is automatically offset in the same month's statement. There's no need to log in to an app and redeem it or to even keep track of it at all.

8. CIMB World Mastercard

As far as unlimited cashback cards go, one that's often forgotten is the CIMB World Mastercard. No, despite it's name, it's not a miles card. The CIMB World Mastercard is actually quite a cashback heavyweight, bringing two per cent unlimited cashback to the table.

Wait, isn't that higher than the UOB Absolute Cashback Card and Citi Cash Back + Card? It is, but the catch is that this two per cent unlimited cashback applies only to selected categories, with a $1,000 minimum spend. The selected categories are: Wine & Dine, Online Food Delivery, Movies & Digital Entertainment, Taxi & Automobile, and Luxury Goods. On all other spends, you earn one per cent unlimited cashback.

If credit card fees — or rather, calling up the bank to get them waived-bother you, you'll be pleased to know that the CIMB World Mastercard promises no annual fees for life.

9. UOB One Card

The UOB One Card offers some of the most generous cashback rates out there, but is reviled for its complex as hell mechanism. Suitable only for those who like a challenge.

Cashback $500/month and $1,000/month $2,000/month
Base cashback per quarter 3.33per cent 3.33per cent
Additional cashback at selected partners 5per cent 6.67per cent
Enhanced cashback (for new card members who apply from now to 31 Mar 2024) 6.67per cent 5per cent
TOTAL 15per cent 15per cent

The card gives you up to 3.33 per cent on all retail spending if you spend?$2,000 / $1,000 / $500 per month (at least five?transactions) for three?consecutive months. That'll earn you a lump sum of?$200/$100/$50 max cashback at the end of the quarter, which works out in all cases to up to 3.33 per cent cashback.

However, in order to get?additional cashback of?6.67 per cent (making for a total of 10 per cent) at partners like McDonald's, Grab, Cold Storage, Shopee, 7-Eleven and SimplyGo, you need to hit a $2,000 monthly spend. If you only spend $500 or $1,000 a month, your bonus cashback is only 5per cent.

Finally, UOB is offering more bonus cashback they call the "Enhanced Cashback" for new UOB cardholders who sign up for the UOB One card from now till March 31, 2024. The?Enhanced Cashback will get you an additional five per cent if you spend $2,000/month for three?months, and 6.67 per cent?if you spend $500 or $1,000/month for three?months.

If you add up the base retail spending cashback (3.33 per cent), additional cashback at selected partners (five per cent or 6.67 per cent), and UOB's enhanced cashback (6.67 per cent or five per cent), you always get 15 per cent whether you spend $500, $1,000, or $2,000 a month.

However, this is only because of their?limited-time enhanced cashback, which gives $500/month and $1,000/month spenders more cashback than $2,000/month spenders. The enhanced cashback promo was supposed to end on Dec 31, 2023, but UOB has been extending it for months-and we hope they continue to do so.

At the current cashback rates, the UOB One card is indeed generous if you hit certain monthly spends. But once you hit the minimum spending requirements, it is a waste to spend more. So, you'll need to monitor your spending on the card.

10. Citi Cash Back Card

Not to be confused with the Citi Cash Back+ Card, the?Citi Cash Back Card without-a-plus gives you eight?per cent cashback on groceries and petrol and six?per cent cashback on dining, provided you meet the minimum spending requirement of $800 in a month. Cashback on retail spending is a?meagre?0.25 per cent.

The total amount of cashback you can earn is capped at $80 each month, which means it's only worth spending $1,200 to $1,440 to earn maximum cashback.

11. DBS Live Fresh Card

DBS Live Fresh has rebranded itself as Singapore's first eco-friendly card made from 85.5 per cent recycled plastic, and?offering up to 10 per cent cashback at certain eco-businesses.

Putting aside the greenwashing for the time being, the card's true benefit is actually five per cent cashback on online and Visa contactless spending, capped at $20 per month respectively. In other words, at the five per cent rate, the cashback maxes out at an expenditure of $400.

Now let's look at the eco-benefits of the card. The DBS Live Fresh Card also gives you an additional five per cent cashback at selected eco-friendly businesses, including:

  • Eco-eateries:?Just Dabao, Open Farm Community, The Summerhouse
  • Eco-retailers:?Little Farms, Scoop Wholefoods, The Green Collective
  • Ec0-transport services:?Bus/Train Rides via SimplyGo,?BlueSG, Electric Vehicle Charging, SG Bike

Is there a catch? Yes, two?in fact. Firstly, these cashback rates are subject to a minimum?spending of $600?in a month.

Secondly, the cashback you can earn is capped. The cashback caps are:

  • $15 on your eco-friendly spending ($300 spend, based on the five per cent additional cashback earn rate)
  • $20 on your online spending ($400 spend, based on a five per cent earn rate)
  • $20 on your Visa contactless spending?($400 spend, based on a five per cent earn rate)
  • $20 on everything else each month ($6667, based on a 0.3 per cent earn rate)

This puts the maximum cashback you can earn in a month at $75 — but you'd need to spend $7767 to get that. Realistically, you're only going to use the DBS Live Fresh card for the first three?categories.

12. OCBC FRANK Credit Card

Don't be fooled by the OCBC Frank Credit Card's rather fluffy branding. It is actually one of the more solid online shopping credit cards out there, offering 8per cent cashback on foreign spending and all types of local online/contactless mobile spending, whether for clothes shopping, grocery purchases or your Netflix subscription.

Like the DBS Live Fresh Card, the OCBC FRANK Credit Card is also offering higher cashback if you go green. You can enjoy an?additional two per cent cashback when you shop at selected eco-friendly merchants, such as Scoop Wholefoods, Little Farms, SimplyGo, and BlueSG.

The minimum spending requirement is $800 in a month,?with a monthly cap of $1oo cashback. To further break down the $100 cap, it's actually a $25 cap per category among these four?spend categories:

  1. Foreign spending (eight per cent cashback, capped at $25)
  2. Local online transactions and mobile payment?(eight per cent cashback, capped at $25)
  3. Spending at green merchants (additional two per cent cashback, capped at $25)
  4. All other spending (0.3 per cent based cashback, capped at $25)

13. POSB Everyday Card

The POSB Everyday Card doesn't look very alluring, but it's good enough for life's basic needs. There is no minimum spending requirement for you to earn five per cent cashback at Sheng Siong.?For pet owners, use this card at Pet?Lovers Centre for three per cent cashback on regular-priced items, provided you hit the $15 minimum purchase amount.

If you drive, it also gets you 20.1 per cent savings at SPC — everyone's favourite cheap petrol kiosk.

On top of that,?if you do spend at least $800 a month, you can unlock rebates of 10 per cent on foodpanda and Deliveroo delivery, eight per cent on selected online shopping merchants such as Amazon.sg, Lazada, Shopee, RedMart, and iHerb, as well as three per cent at Watsons and on dining expenses.

14. How do cashback credit cards work?

Before you get too excited about that hefty bonus cash rebate, remember that banks aren't charities. They have to impose minimum spend requirements and cashback caps, or else they'll just bleed money. So don't get led astray by big fat cashback promises-the important details are usually in the T&Cs.

Here's how they work:

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This article was first published in MoneySmart.

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